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For decades, personality psychologists, also known as psychometricians, have been on a search for the ‘good teacher.’ Each year, more and more studies appear claiming to identify the personality traits of the ‘ideal’ teaching professional. Now, in a global first, England plans to weed out ‘bad teachers’ by using psychometric tests on all candidates applying for teacher training. The psychometric tests, to begin in 2012, will test for traits such as aptitude, empathy and resilience.
So your interview is coming to a close and you are relieved to finally be out of this intense situation. However, you want to leave a positive and lasting impression. That is why you must not walk out of that room without forgetting to do these ten things:
Depending on the country and the urgency of their need, there are many schools that will hire you to teach English if you have a degree from a recognized college or university. It generally does not matter in what discipline you earned your degree, but the preference is education or arts/humanities. Having said that, you will find that more and more, schools are asking for a TESOL or other ESL teaching qualification in addition to a degree.
Let me set the scene for a moment… The interview committee at a well-respected, very competitive, high-paying school district has narrowed down its huge list of 500 applicants to the final three. The finalists would all make great additions to the school, but the interview committee can only hire one so they decide to...
Attending international school job fairs can be a harrowing experience, but are an efficient strategy to incorporate into your hunt for a teaching job abroad. All international teachers have a few stories to tell about their experiences at these job fairs.
I wanted to talk about interviewing from both perspectives which are that of the ESL/EFL teacher looking for a new teaching job and that from the ESL/EFL school looking for a new teacher to fill their available teaching position. Keep in mind that this is just my advice and opinion on the matter. You should decide what you find useful and what does or doesn't work for you.